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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 11:08 AM
Punta Mazo & San Quintin


Just got back from a 4 day 3 night trek to Punta Mazo. Beautiful camping, plenty of whales and dolphins, sadly the surf was not too great as the wind would not let up and the swell was not big enough to produce anything of quality at the point. Circumventing the nooks and crannies of the point and checking out the volcano reefs is a must as it's absolutely beautiful. When we camped we did not feel like we were next to San Quintin's hustle bustle.
The point is remote, and in my opinion safe to camp. Will definitely be back to this area if there's ever a juicy S. Swell on the horizon. We drove South to El Soccorro for some mediocre surf before heading back to San Diego. Our heavily loaded tundra did just fine through the dunes and 7 mile beach drive out to the point, air down and if you're willing to bottom out your suspension a few times you'll make it just about anywhere. :bounce:

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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 11:51 AM


Thanks for your report!

Is your 'Punta Mazo' the Cabo San Quintín on maps?







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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 01:45 PM


I see Monte Mazo. Not to tough to figure out.
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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 09:13 PM


Quote: Originally posted by norte  
I see Monte Mazo. Not to tough to figure out.

Yes that is it.
I think it's also call Cabo San Quintin.




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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 09:22 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Isignay  
Just got back from a 4 day 3 night trek to Punta Mazo. Beautiful camping, plenty of whales and dolphins, sadly the surf was not too great as the wind would not let up and the swell was not big enough to produce anything of quality at the point. Circumventing the nooks and crannies of the point and checking out the volcano reefs is a must as it's absolutely beautiful. When we camped we did not feel like we were next to San Quintin's hustle bustle.
The point is remote, and in my opinion safe to camp. Will definitely be back to this area if there's ever a juicy S. Swell on the horizon. We drove South to El Soccorro for some mediocre surf before heading back to San Diego. Our heavily loaded tundra did just fine through the dunes and 7 mile beach drive out to the point, air down and if you're willing to bottom out your suspension a few times you'll make it just about anywhere. :bounce:


Thank you for the report.
I thought it would be safe.
I think all the good secret surf spots are south of Punta Baja. There was a fly in surf camp down there somewhere. Maybe the runway is still there.
Lots of sharp points that might make waves.
I'm starting to fly trips soon.
Fly into my place and maybe I'll keep a Tundra or Tacoma for surf trips.
Or we can just fly to what ever part of baja has waves.
Or go fishing:coolup:


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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 12:38 AM


50 guys when it gets good. Dont be fooled.

Glad you guys had some fun out there!




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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 07:50 AM


Oh wow! COOL! I'm gonna call all my bro's and we're all gonna head down together. I'll make sure to post this all over my instagram and blogs too. Thanks for the intel. Maybe we should write to Surfline and have them install cam there?



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[*] posted on 4-24-2018 at 03:09 PM


Yep, that's a tricky spot to get it good even when a S. swell is in the forecast.
Not saying that do discourage anyone from going there, it's just the way that place is.

Love that all these folks are getting :mad: about a spot they think they are locals at and want it kept secret.

Before anyone replies with some crap comment, let me stop you right there.

I have owned a house in Cielito Lindo for over 25yrs and have been surfing that spot and most all of Baja for way way longer. Having a home (If any decent waves are breaking there, I can see it from my balcony) that close and being able to launch my boat right out front or at the mouth of the bay (10min boat ride). So, I would guess that I've surfed out there more than anyone else on a consistent basis.

Have I seen 50 guys out when a swell is running? :lol:No...
I'll be lucky to see more than a handful at most & 99% of the time it's empty and I surf it by myself.
Did I see this group of guys out there, yes.
Did they see me, probably not since I did not come close enough to shore (it was a fishing day).

Over the years, I've encountered a few self described "locals" (all Americans) that at first are shocked that I show up via a boat, then they start asking me all sorts of questions and telling me not to give this "secret place up". I laugh and tell them, they are NOT locals, so don't go around acting as if they are. That's exactly the sort of chit that gets folks in trouble and it only shows your total lack of ignorance.

Has anyone of these "locals" gotten :fire: and tried to run me off from surfing there, unfortunately yes. Did that end well for them, :lol: No...
They were greeted a few hours later by a group of local fisherman that "Helped" :saint: them on their way into town and then were escorted out of town by the local police.

Do I consider myself a local of that area? No, why you may ask?
I was not born there and I don't own that particular area of land.

Are there local fishing boat guys taking surfer out there for the day or a few hours from the Old Mill? Yes, it's very seldom as they charge the same rates as a fishing day trip.

There are NO, Zero, Nada, secret surf spots in Baja! Just because YOU think you are the only one(s) surfing it, does not mean no one else knows about it.

Trust me when I tell you that I know way more Mexican surfers that laugh when they hear of secret surfing spots in Baja or in Mexico in general.

Fishbuck, The spot farther South with the landing strip is Solo Sports in Punta San Carlos. The landing strip is in great shape as planes fly in and out of there every Sat with guest. I'm headed down there to see Kevin (owner), Joey and the rest of crew for the next two weeks. If you are flying down, you'll clearly see the base camp on the side of the cliff and the number 28 painted on concrete at the beginning of the landing strip.
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[*] posted on 4-24-2018 at 04:15 PM


Right on bajakiter:cool: but I think you meant complete and total ignorance not lack of? You prolly know JK from down south who has been doing the kite thing in San Carlos for long long time?
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[*] posted on 4-24-2018 at 04:44 PM


Hi Chippy,

Yep, age will do that to you.
Name sounds very familiar, I would have to see him to know for sure.
PSC not only is great kiting spot, but surfing and world class mountain biking.

Funny thing is, none bats an eye about talking openly about San Carlos when the swell is on. Even though it's a in a location farther South and way more remote than San Quintin. :lol:
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[*] posted on 4-24-2018 at 05:07 PM


Kevin and company run a nice operation there. The runway is big and maintained, Mike. When you won't be flying, have a Baja Fog, the signature drink served.

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Quote: Originally posted by Bajakiter  
Hi Chippy,

Yep, age will do that to you.
Name sounds very familiar, I would have to see him to know for sure.
PSC not only is great kiting spot, but surfing and world class mountain biking.

Funny thing is, none bats an eye about talking openly about San Carlos when the swell is on. Even though it's a in a location farther South and way more remote than San Quintin. :lol:



True dat. Back in the day (surf wise before windsurfering) It was great for surfing BUT after about 11 am those sideshores (perfect for windsurfing) would start howling and everyone was stuck in their van or whatever. It was a horrible place to camp. You where stuck inside your vehicle for most of the day and night.

JK is who showed Kevin that place:light:
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[*] posted on 4-24-2018 at 08:38 PM


BajaFog... yes I know it well!
I guess when I get things going I'll get good at the local conditions.
Been clear plenty of the times I've been...
The pilots at Predregal are good at it when it's overcast.
The approach is over water so I am guessing an "Instrument Approach" is doable to get under the soup.
If you're good enough...

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[*] posted on 4-24-2018 at 08:45 PM


I think if I drag a trailer out there with my truck it will be a good way to get out of the wind. A toyhauler type maybe. Sit in there and relax and wait it out.
It's like 10 minutes from my fishcamp.
Plus the wind is somewhat predictable. I can wait for the nice days to go out there and camp.
I'll rent it out on AirBNB😎




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[*] posted on 4-28-2018 at 10:54 AM


Beautiful place to camp. First went there in 1975. Never anyone around. Stopped going mid eighties when the Ejido at Short Beach built a fence and gate to regulate traffic on the beach. At that time came across some "self described" locals booby traps of 2 x 4's with 4" nails driven through them placed in the tire grooves of the sand road out near the point. The only secret spot in Baja is the one you happen to be at alone when everyone else is at another more popular secret spot:)
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[*] posted on 4-28-2018 at 11:24 AM


Quote: Originally posted by winddog  
Beautiful place to camp. First went there in 1975. Never anyone around. Stopped going mid eighties when the Ejido at Short Beach built a fence and gate to regulate traffic on the beach. At that time came across some "self described" locals booby traps of 2 x 4's with 4" nails driven through them placed in the tire grooves of the sand road out near the point. The only secret spot in Baja is the one you happen to be at alone when everyone else is at another more popular secret spot:)



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[*] posted on 4-28-2018 at 11:32 AM


http://terrapeninsular.org/reserva-natural-punta-mazo/



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[*] posted on 4-28-2018 at 11:48 AM


Exactly, Ron!
I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that Punta Mazo was on point of the peninsula just South of your house and oyster farms. Additionally, isn't that point gated and pad-locked North of the point?


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Quote: Originally posted by winddog  
Beautiful place to camp. First went there in 1975. Never anyone around. Stopped going mid eighties when the Ejido at Short Beach built a fence and gate to regulate traffic on the beach. At that time came across some "self described" locals booby traps of 2 x 4's with 4" nails driven through them placed in the tire grooves of the sand road out near the point. The only secret spot in Baja is the one you happen to be at alone when everyone else is at another more popular secret spot:)



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[*] posted on 4-28-2018 at 11:56 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Udo  

Exactly, Ron!
I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that Punta Mazo was on point of the peninsula just South of your house and oyster farms. Additionally, isn't that point gated and pad-locked North of the point?


Yes, Punta Mazo is one of the names they have used over the years in identifying that point - another being Cabo San Quintin.

The fences are a more recent addition in just the past couple of years via Terra peninsular who is involved in a court fight over title and legal control of the area. The gate is not padlocked and you have free access. Terra put up a stop sign with a guard there but in reality they currently have no legal jurisdiction to stop you and/or control access as they do not hold the land titles over the property.

I was surprised to read winddog's account of fences and booby traps back in the 80's. I have lived here for a long time and first I have heard of that...




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[*] posted on 4-28-2018 at 11:59 AM


The link Harald posted has a map that places Punta Mazo further north, closer to Ron's place: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Reserva+Natural+Punta+Mazo...



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